Special Election, Not Appointment, Likely for Next Mayor

After Tuesday's unambiguous recall of Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez and Commissioner Natacha Seijas, could you even imagine what would happen if county commissioners decided to exercise the option to appoint a new mayor themselves? If not a full-out voter revolt and more recalls, at least certainly pain for those commissioners come their next re-election. So the commishes are lining up like the good little public servants they suddenly have the incentive to pretend to be and will call a special election to replace Alvarez.

Nine of the 12 remaining commissioners tell the Miami Herald they will support a special election for both the mayor's seat and for Seija's District 13 seat. The three hold-outs could not be reached for comment.

The commission has 30 days to meet and set a date for the election. That date must come 45 days after the meeting. The winner of the election would serve for the rest of Alvarez's term, until late 2012. He or she would be eligible to run for re-election after that.

Several candidates have indicated they would run in a special election, including Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaino, county Commissioner Carlos Gimenez, former state legislator Marcello Llorente, and 2 Live Crew impresario and New Times columnist Luther Campbell. Several other candidates have expressed interest but said they'd rather wait to run in 2012.

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Kyle Munzenrieder